Rev. Vincent A. Silvestri

Summary of Case: Silvestri's name appeared on the Milwaukee archdiocese's July 2004 list of priests fully restricted from ministry (or who would have been restricted if still living) because of credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. He died in 2000 at age 63.

: 1964
Retired: 1994
Died: July 17, 2000


Start Stop Parish Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Milwaukee archbishop was William Edward Cousins (1958-1977)

1967 St. Sylvester's South Milwaukee WI 2/2, 2/3 Parish had a school with 406-414 students.
1967 1981 St. Francis De Sales Preparatory Seminary Milwaukee WI faculty member School had 376-164 students.


Cousins was succeeded by Rembert George Weakland, O.S.B. (1977-2002)

1981 St. Francis De Sales College Milwaukee WI Director of Formation  
1981 1983 St. Matthias Milwaukee WI 4/4 Parish had a school with 557-568 students.
1983 1993 St. Dominic's Brookfield WI 1/3, 1/2 Parish had a school with 155-235 students. The 1993 Directory shows a religious education program with 923 students.
1993 1994 Sick Leave        
1994 2000 Retired Wauwatosa WI  

Address given is for St. Camillus, which is an assisted living facility.

Silvestri died July 17, 2000.


Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1965-2001)

Silvestri, Vincent A., Rev., Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 20, 2000
Statement by Milwaukee archdiocese, July 9, 2004
List of 43 Abusive Priests Released, By Tom Heinen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel [Wisconsin], July 10, 2004

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